Children & Youth

“Up Home is an absolute treasure… a masterpiece.” 
- Todd Kyle, Canadian Review of Materials


Since the publication of her first book Up Home (winner of the 2009 Best Atlantic Published Book prize at the Atlantic Book Awards), Shauntay Grant's writing for children has been presented internationally by the author at festivals and events, and critically acclaimed by numerous publications including the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, Canadian Children's Book News, and Canadian Review of Materials (CM Magazine).

Shauntay has contributed work to various educational publications for children and youth, including McGraw-Hill Ryerson's iLit Digital Collection, Rubicon Publishing's Sankofa Black Heritage Collection, and Pearson Canada's Live Ink Online.

Click here to find articles and reviews of Shauntay's work, and visit the online store to purchase copies of her children's publications.

Africville (Groundwood Books, 2018)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Eva Campbell

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like —the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

The Walking Bathroom (Nimbus Publishing, 2017)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Erin Bennett Banks

It’s Halloween and Amayah doesn’t have a costume to wear to school. She dressed as a ghost for the last three years in a row, witches are overdone, and fairies are not her style. She wants to be something different, something creative, something no one else in the world has ever been in the history of Halloween.

A sweet story of standing out and fitting in.


Apples and Butterflies (Nimbus Publishing, 2012)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo


I want to rest inside a sunrise dream 
an endless stretch of sea and sand and foam 
I want to go 
go where butterflies dance like children 

Apples and Butterflies is a gentle, lyrical poem about a family's autumn vacation and shows Prince Edward Island in a light we don't often see—the bright blue and orange light of fall. Tamara Thiébaux-Heikalo's rich and wild illustrations build a narrative with the text, showing us the family beachcombing, flying kites, and picking apples. 

The City Speaks In Drums (Nimbus Publishing, 2010)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Susan Tooke


Two boys from North End Halifax explore their neighbourhood and the city beyond, finding music everywhere. At the skate park, by the Public Gardens, down Spring Garden Road, and on the boardwalk, drums and saxophones and dancers and basketballs create the jumbled, joyful, pulsing rhythm of Halifax. Shauntay Grant's playful spoken word-style poem and Susan Tooke's vivid illustrations create a wildly energetic and appealing journey through the big, bright city. Click here to listen to an audio recording of the author reading from the book.

Up Home (Nimbus Publishing, 2008)
By Author: Shauntay Grant
Illustrated by: Susan Tooke

A heartwarming portrayal of North Preston past and present. This touching poem from spoken-word artist, poet and CBC Radio personality Shauntay Grant portrays the Nova Scotian community of Preston. Short, staccato lines, musicality and the use of real, spoken language, and Susan Tooke's breathtaking illustrations using real models from the community, combine in a sensory experience that is sure to wow readers of all ages. Grant's memories of growing up reflect a magical place where landscape, food, history and, most of all, people come together in a community filled with love and beauty. A powerful story with positive images of one of Nova Scotia's most important black communities.